Flyers D Gostisbehere out vs. Capitals, Friedman likely to make season debut

Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will play no part in Wednesday’s Metropolitan Division showdown against the Washington Capitals.

Gostisbehere suffered a knee injury in the final stages of Tuesday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and underwent an MRI this morning. It is undetermined how long Gostisbehere will be out of the Flyers lineup.

After Robert Hagg took the place of fellow injured defenseman Justin Braun, Mark Friedman is reportedly slated to make his season debut. Friedman was recalled by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms earlier Wednesday and has recorded two goals and eight assists in 28 games for the AHL side this season.

Gostisbehere, 26, has made 40 appearances for the Flyers this season, totaling 12 points. He is currently one point shy of 200 for his career.

The Flyers will try to return to winning ways on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. NBCSN), welcoming the East leading Caps to town. Alain Vigneault’s team struggled on a six-game road trip, winning only once over that span. Those struggles saw the team drop to fifth in the Metropolitan Division and eighth in the Eastern Conference.

Washington comes to town after picking up their third-consecutive victory on Tuesday night, a 6-1 home pummeling of the Ottawa Senators. Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie each recorded two goals in the lopsided win.


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